Systematic Yeast Infection in my dog: HELP!
Hello, Where do I start?? I thought that my soon-to-be 7 yr. old beagle, Sophie, has suffered with allergies the past couple of years. About 9 months ago, these 'allergies' went off the deep end! Chewing at her paws, licking her paws, butt scooting on the carpet/cement/anywhere, scratching her ears and face, and on and on. It got so bad, that she has the 'cone of shame' on when I cannot watch her... This is no life for her!! It wasn't until I got to the internet and started to do some research, did I come to the conclusion that maybe she has a systematic yeast infection (SYI)! Maybe she also has allergies... most likely to chicken (I think).
Her vet has never even mentioned the possiblitly of her having a SYI. It's always she has allergies to something... Give her steroids, antibiotics, benadryl. We tried an elimination diet with Hills Pet Food Z/D for 3 months... and the minute the cone was off she would want to chew her feet raw! Vicous cycle that would go on and on and is still going on and on.
I put her on Orijen's Six Fish 'grain-free' dog food, only to later find out that potatoes and sweet potatoes are a no-no for yeasty dogs. A month later, I changed her to a 'grain-free' Kangaroo and Lentils food (just in case she is allergic to the chicken, beef, etc. ). I have added organic coconut oil (2 Tbl) a day to her food, and have added 2 Teaspoons of ACV. She was having loose stools, so I added 3 Tbl of canned Pumpkin (not the pie filling type). I recently got the Total-Zymes and the Total-Biotics and have added that to her regimen as well.
I dip her feet in a mixture of water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide and pat dry twice a day. I spray this mixture on her privates and belly where it gets pinkish/redish at night. I tried ACV/Water for her ears, but found Zymox and use that now. She still has the cone, and somehow still manages to get to her back paws sometimes and chews them red :( I use Vetericin spray to heal them.
I am seeing like a flemish-mucus lining in her poop in the mornings. Her stools are still soft. Is there anything else I should be doing? Maybe it's the food? I have looked and looked for a new food that is made with fish with NO grains/potatoes/tapioca/carrots/etc. that are not good for yeast, but can't find anything that is 100% grain-starch free... any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
She is bathed weekly with an allergy shampoo from the vet. She is going to get a full panel thyroid test from Dr. Dodds next week. I have ordered collustrom (sp?), liquid collidal silver for dogs, and a detoxifyer liquid for dogs from all the research.
Do they get worse before getting better? Her paws that I dip twice a day were brownish before, and now getting pinkish-brownish. She itches on top of her paws like crazy when I pat-dry them after her rinse. I want comfort for her and for me! I am overwhelmed and exhausted... And poor Sophie is miserable. Please, anything you have done for your pets with similar issues would be greatly appreciated.